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  1. Lapsed Keanu Reeves fan here. I was just browsing and only found out about this yesterday. I hope its shown in the UK. I don't think I've ever admitted this, but I never much liked the movie. I did like Hellblazer though and I've still got all the comics I bought when the movie came out. Anyway, I hope it does well and that it does justice to the source material.
  2. Scarf? I could have had a screeching beetle in a box or a scarf. Come to think of it, I think I got both. I seem to remember that the beetle broke ages ago. I think it got squashed.
  3. I was actually looking to see if you still have a Doctor Who thread, and stumbled upon this one. Oooh, I had no idea,(not so much of a K fan as I used to be). How interesting. I second Tim for some illustration work. I will keep an eye on developments. P.S. I still have my promotional Constanteen scarf in a drawer somewhere.
  4. That's exactly what I like about Haunted. Its one of my favourites. I think I'll have to read it again.
  5. Double

    Movie talk

    I stuck around!!! <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ...and I still pass by from time to time to see what's going on. I went looking to buy issue 213 recently, as I thought it would be nice to read a standalone issue and the reviews here were good. When I got to the comic book shop I forgot what issue I was looking for and bought number 212 by mistake. A mistake, I think.
  6. It looks to me like a variation of the Trinity Falls scene from The Matrix Reloaded, at the beginning of the film where she's falling backwards out of a high building. On the DVD commentary they talk about the car chase scene that had to be cut for costs and they suggest that Keanu and the director talked about what to do in its place and they came up with the idea together.
  7. It's in 'Conjuring Constantine' about the history of the character on the second disc. Karen Berger: The first issue of Constantine came out in 1987. Jamie Delano: When I took over writing John Constantine and developing him I suppose my main concern was to do the character's potential justice. Karen Berger: What Jamie Delano did with the series when he first started writing the monthly book was to really create a past for him, give him a family. Jamie really played into the political atmosphere of that Thatcher-Reagan era of the 80's. Jamie Delano: It was basically a parody of the rampant capitalism that was stepping on the gas, and it was a lot of fun to write and great characterising BMW driving yuppies as corrupt greedy demons from hell, and allowing Constantine to sort of beat them at their own game by manipulating the hellish stock markets. . . When I first began developing John Constantine the imprint that later bacame known as Vertigo did not exist Michael E. Uslan: DC comics began to experiment with some books that would bring back the old horror, thriller genre and do it being less fettered by the restrictions found in a typical DC comic book. Ultimately, this turned into the Vertigo line of comics, which is a mature line of comics. Jamie Delano: Vertigo was developed on the back of Hellblazer and numerous other books such as Animal Man and the Sandman. Michael E. Uslan: This was a chance for Constantine to really launch a whole new line for DC, and I think he did so incredibly well. Paul Levitz: His cynicism, balanced with his knowledge of otherworldly things, really makes him the essence of Vertigo. Michael E. Uslan: John Constantine is in-your-face, he will tell you what's on your mind, he really doesn't care what you say or what you think, he's the James Dean of the occult world. Kevin Brodbin: He was about the most reluctant hero I'd ever come across. Yeah, instead of, like, doing it for very noble reasons he was actually doing it to bedevil the devil. He wanted to, you know, just take on demons for the thrill of it. Karen Berger: He's a manipulator, he's a con-man. He'll use magic. He'll call up an old friend who dabbles in the dark arts, but he's more about manipulating people than using magic. And I think that's the key of what keeps this character so fresh, is that it's a head game all the time. Paul Levitz: He's a smart-ass. In many ways I think he's what his readers would like to be. I wish I had his ability to slip through the cracks of whatever the problems are, deal with the weird stuff in life, and do it all with a smirk.
  8. I can have a go at that if you want. He doesn't say much, but it's nice to hear someone say 'Constantine' properly, not 'Constanteen'. Kevin Brodbin says it properly too.
  9. Ah, good. Glad to hear that. My copy of Red Sepulchre arrived this morning.
  10. I completely missed that Red Sepulchre was coming out. I'll order it at the end of the month after pay day. I haven't read any of the recent monthly titles so this looks a good place to start. In the last couple of weeks I've taken a break from reading Paradise Lost slowly (just got past the war in Heaven and Satan's fall and now we're up to the Creation) and read The Watchmen since I've heard so many things about it. Excellent story, I thought. I was waiting and waiting for the link between the Black Freighter story and the rest of the plot to come and when it did I almost started clapping, I was that impressed. Anyway, Red Sepulchre, I'm going to buy it.
  11. There's a picture on this thread on superherohype, is this the same one? superherohype thread with picture
  12. Double

    London folks

    If it was in North London I'd be there like a shot. I'm not sure if I want to go south of the river on a Saturday night, though. EDIT: Yes I know it's a weak excuse, but I don't know South London at all and I don't want to be messing about with public transport on a Saturday night in an area I don't know. Anyway, its just too complicated. It's a shame, because it sounds really interesting.
  13. Thanks. I'm reading Paradise Lost (very slowly) on the train, and I'm keeping Garnethill at home for bedtime reading. I've only read the introduction sections so far. Interesting stuff about foreknowledge, free will and neccessity and so on. I never realised Milton was buried in St Giles Cripplegate, which is in the Barbican next to Moorgate where I get off the train most mornings. I'll have to take a look on my way to work.
  14. The source for the title for 'All His Engines' has been buzzing around in my head for a while. The other day I was looking through the paperbacks in WH Smith for something by Denise Mina, and couldn't find anything, but they did have Paradise Lost by John Milton in the M section, so I bought that. I eventually got Garnethill from Amazon so now I have two books I'm trying to read at once.
  15. Thanks for the update. It's nice to know how much you collected altogether.
  16. I'm really tempted to start reading Garnethill myself now after reading this thread. I'm catching a train from Waterloo on Tuesday so I'll have a look in the bookshops there and see if I can pick it up it then.
  17. Yes, have fun. If it wasn't for family stuff happening tomorrow I'd love to come along to see how this goes.
  18. There was a nursery rhyme when I was little: Queen, Queen Caroline Washed her hair in turpentine Turpentine made it shine Queen, Queen Caroline (Every 'ine' is pronounced 'yne') I can't bring myself to say 'Constanteen' at all.
  19. I don't doubt that you know what you're talking about, Fuji, and I certainly know nothing about the film industry, but I had a quick look on Boxofficemojo for Hellboy's figures, and according to those its only just broken even too, when you include marketing costs: Hellboy figures
  20. Ah. I suppose that would explain how he came to be on the programme to host that special question and answer session at the London Comic Con last year.
  21. He said he liked the film but didn't like Rachel or Keanu. He said Rachel's accent was awful and he REALLY doesn't think much of Keanu's acting. He also considers himself a bit of a comic books expert.
  22. There's a report that, according to the German Amazon site, the region 2 DVD is being released on 17 August. Amazon page (I'm taking someone else's word for it that that's what it says because I don't speak a word of German)
  23. Thanks for the ticket, I had a really good time seeing the film last night. I saw Angel Heart a couple of weeks ago and just comparing the structure of this film with that one I wish the story could have flowed better, it seemed choppy - one set piece after another. Apart from that, I really liked it. Yes Ellie's scenes should have stayed in, the funny bits were funny, the acting was alright, I liked the style of the film, the Hell bits were good. The car crash made me jump but then laugh because it looked like he was just casually hopping off a bus. I really liked the effects in the electric chair scene. I was relieved that the gum scene actually didn't make me cringe like I thought it would. Yes I agree it's nothing like the comic. The only scene I was slightly disappointed with was the last rites scene. I thought it played out better in the novel than on the screen. Perhaps it will look better with another viewing. I liked the sexual tension between John and Angela. Midnite should have been given more to do because he was really good, and I now think Tilda Swinton is wonderful. I didn't really like what I saw of her on the preview DVD that came out earlier, but I thought her scenes at the end of the film were great. Satan did everything but burst into song and that performance really surprised me. In the ladies' afterwards I overheard two girls talking about a copy of the script that was doing the rounds at the office that someone had got from marketing, so they must have something to do with the publicity for the film, which was interesting. I somehow managed to end up with three copies of the demonstration disc they were giving away for the computer game which is really funny because I don't even play computer games. I'll keep them as souveniers.
  24. Wow, this is turning into an eventful day. Thanks John.
  25. What - seriously? Yes please. I've sent you an email. I'll be at work for the rest of the day so I've included another email address to reach me at work too.
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